You're at brunch with your friends on Sunday morning and after stuffing yourself with pancakes and mimosas, your server comes up to you and says, "Is this going to be on one check or — "
"Separate!" you all proclaim, barely taking a breath to pause from your conversation.
And why would you? It's pretty customary to pay for your own meal, or to go Dutch.
But it wasn't always the norm to split the check when going out with friends. In fact, in early English society, it was seen as selfish to invite someone out to eat and not pay for their meal.